Thursday, August 2, 2012
The four-term Democratic state assembylman was arrested Tuesday afternoon in his hometown of Washington Township.
Paul Moriarty was a political newcomer when he won a landslide victory against incumbent Randee Davidson in the 2004 Democratic primary in Washington Township, Gloucester County. He then easily beat the Republican challenger in the general election to become mayor. The following year, he ascended to the state Assembly, despite his seeming lack of experience in the bare-knuckles world of South Jersey politics. Moriarty had been a consumer reporter for CBS 3 in Philadelphia, so the political neophyte's on-air image was well known to voters in South Jersey. Now, that image may be tarnished by charges of drunken driving and refusal to submit to a breath test. Even if he’s not convicted, Moriarty’s arrest could haunt him on the political …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
The Fourth Legislative District assemblyman was arrested Tuesday afternoon on the Black Horse Pike.
Washington Township Police Department on Wednesday issued a brief press release detailing the arrest of Assemblyman Paul D. Moriarty Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Officer Joseph DiBuonaventura stopped Moriarty at 3:53 p.m. at 5651 Black Horse Pike, in Washington Township's Turnersville section. Moriarty indicated in a statement he issued Tuesday night around 9:40 that DiBuonaventura accused him of cutting off the officer's police cruiser in an intersection. During the traffic stop, Moriarty was placed under arrest on the charge of driving while intoxicated. He subsequently refused a blood-alcohol content test at the police station. In addition to the DWI charge, DiBuonaventura cited Moriarty for refusal to …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The Fourth Legislative District assemblyman was arrested Tuesday in his hometown of Washington Township.
GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ -- Several sources have confirmed Fourth Legislative District Assemblyman Paul D. Moriarty was arrested Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Moriarty was arrested in his hometown of Washington Township, Gloucester County. He reportedly refused to provide a breath sample once at the police station, according to one source, who spoke to Patch on condition of anonymity due to the ongoing nature of the investigation. Moriarty, 55, served as Washington Township mayor from 2004 through 2008. He was elected to the Assembly in 2005. The four-term Assembly Democrat previously worked as an investigative reporter for CBS 3 in Philadelphia. A voicemail left on Moriarty's cell phone Tuesday evening …
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Police arrested a total of six motorists on DWI charges over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
Gloucester Township Police Department released the following press release regarding its DWI enforcement push over the Memorial Day weekend: Gloucester Township Police conducted enhanced DWI enforcement patrols this past holiday weekend as well as a DWI checkpoint on Saturday, May 26, on Berlin-Cross Keys Road. The patrols began Thursday night and ended Monday night. Six drivers were arrested for driving while intoxicated. Two drivers were arrested at the checkpoint Saturday night. Two drivers were also charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs. These DWI enforcement details were funded by a Drunk Driving Enforcement Fund administered by the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. Officers assigned to …
Friday, May 18, 2012
The accident, which occurred at the intersection of Little Gloucester and Erial roads, sent five students to an area hospital.
A Blackwood man has been charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) in connection with a school bus-involved accident at Little Gloucester and Erial roads late Friday morning, according to police. Five Blackwood Elementary School students were taken to an area hospital for evaluation as a precaution after the two-vehicle crash, police said. All five students had been released to their parents within about two hours of the accident, according to Gloucester Township Public Schools Superintendent Thomas Seddon. They were evaluated at Kennedy University Hospital-Washington Township after complaining of headaches and general pain. Anthony Ross Jr., 29, of the 400 block of the Black Horse Pike, was driving under the influence of drugs when he …
Sunday, May 6, 2012
The Camden County Prosecutor's Office announced the Memorial Day weekend checkpoints.
The Gloucester Township Police Department and Winslow Township Police Departement will run separate DWI checkpoints Memorial Day weekend, according to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. The Winslow Township checkpoint will be conducted on Friday, May 25, and the Gloucester Township checkpoint on Saturday, May 26. For obvious reasons, the Prosecutor's Office does not disclose exact locations of checkpoints when it announces towns' police forces will run them. High visibility, efficiency of enforcement and media attention have made checkpoints an effective tool in removing impaired drivers from New Jersey's roadways, helping dramatically reduce the number of DWI arrests in recent years. The checkpoints are funded by state grants.
Friday, April 20, 2012
The accident occurred at College Drive and Blackwood Clementon Road Wednesday afternoon.
A 50-year-old township man was drunk when he crashed his car into the back of another at College Drive and Blackwood Clementon Road Wednesday afternoon, according to police. Gloucester Township Police were dispatched to the accident scene at 3:47 p.m. Wednesday. It was reported the driver of the striking vehicle was attempting to leave the scene. Arriving police units were able to stop the striking vehicle as its driver attempted to flee the scene, according to Sgt. James Garber. The striking vehicle's driver, identified by police as Winding Way resident Thomas A. Hayes, was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Police also charged Hayes with fourth-degree assault by auto and issued him a traffic summons for reckless driving. Police …
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Fellow Girl Scouts will unite in their uniforms to honor the 11-year-old, killed in Philadelphia after an allegedly intoxicated driver set off a chain reaction crash.
Eleven-year-old Samantha "Sammie" Nguyen-Ortanez was an active member of local Girl Scouts Troop No. 30430, an avid dancer, an aspiring actress and a fifth-grade student at Erial Elementary School. On Sunday, Nguyen-Ortanez was struck and killed by an allegedly drunken driver while walking on South 8th Street near the Italian Market in South Philadelphia. Her 3-year-old half-brother, Aaron, and stepmother, Lacky Xiong, were also injured. Xiong suffered two broken arms and Aaron broke his leg. “Out of respect for Sammie’s family, we are not making any formal statements about Sammie to the news media. We are taking time to take care of the girls in Sammie’s troop and within our service unit,” said Michele LeMansey, who is the Timber Creek …
Monday, March 26, 2012
A Miami man has been charged with DWI in connection with Sunday's fatal crash in South Philadelphia.
A fifth-grade student at Erial Elementary School was killed in South Philadelphia this weekend when an allegedly drunken driver crashed into an SUV, which then struck the girl's family. Samantha Nguyen-Ortanez, 11, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred on the 1100 block of South 8th Street, near Washington Avenue, at around 12:30 p.m. Sunday, according to a report on NBC10.com. Nguyen-Ortanez was walking out of Captain Jesse's Seafood with her stepmother and stepbrother when 28-year-old Max Drosi, of Miami, FL, ran a red light and crashed his 2012 Chevrolet Impala into a 2003 Nissan SUV, which in turn lost control and struck the three pedestrians before crashing into the seafood store, police told NBC10. Drosi was …
Monday, March 19, 2012
Gloucester Township Police stepped up patrols for the holiday, known for its heavy drinking and drunken driving crashes.
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Monday, March 19, 2012
This past St. Patrick's Day, four drivers were arrested for driving while intoxicated during Gloucester Township Police Departments St. Patrick's Day weekend DWI saturation patrols. These patrols targeted roadways within the township that have shown in the past to have a higher number of DWI arrest and motor vehicle crashes. Statistics provided by the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) showed that alcohol-impaired crashes claimed a life every 51 minutes in 2010. On St. Patrick's Day alone, 32 percent of fatalities from motor vehicle crashes were connected to drunken driving. In New Jersey last year, there were five fatalities over St. Patrick's Day weekend. None of the drivers arrested by Gloucester Township Police this weekend…